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Genomatix Genome Analyzer, MacVector 10, COSMIC Release 38

Genomatix Software has released Genomatix Genome Analyzer, an integrated hardware and software solution for the analysis of data generated by next-generation sequencing platforms from Illumina, Roche/454, Applied Biosystems, and Helicos BioSciences. The software helps with the analysis of mammalian ChIP-seq and transcriptome studies. The GGA is driven by an integrated browser-based interface. All database structures, scripts, and tools are open and accessible for re-arrangement or integration of other procedures.

MacVector has released MacVector 10, a desktop sequence analysis application for Macintosh computers. The new version has a tabbed view of the sequence and a dynamic automatic restriction enzyme display to simplify clone construction. It also has a new feature editor to simplify the creation of GenBank-style annotations, and a redesigned Entrez browser with support for more databases and retrieval of genomic “contig” sequences. Primer design has also been updated, with a new Primer3-based primer design function with support for real-time PCR primers.
In addition, the company has released a new version of Assembler, a desktop sequence assembly plugin for MacVector, which now offers real-time translation of contigs.

COSMIC, the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer, release 38 is available here. COSMIC v38 contains updates on a number of cancer-related genes.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.